Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ships Generate Exciting Atmosphere

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ships Generate Exciting Atmosphere

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Fleets of magnificent tall ships will be lining the Tyne over the weekend.

Dozens of the fabulous vessels will weave their way up the river by Monday, including the Prince William, Tenacious, Queen Galadriel and the Tyneside-built James Cook.

The races take in four major destinations ( Waterford, Cherbourg, Newcastle Gateshead and Fredrikstad. More than 100 are expected to make the journey from Cherbourg to Tyneside.

Some of the world's most magical seafaring exhibits will be on show as well as a host of other entertainment such as live music, street theatre, exotic food, outdoor activities and crafts from around the world.

Among the vessels already moored here are Russian ship Kruzenshtern, the second largest sailing ship in the world with her distinctive black and white sides, the Eye of the Wind ( which has appeared in films such as Blue Lagoon, Savage Islands, Taipan and White Squall ( and Bulgarian ship Kaliakra.

The 60-tonne James Cook, built in 1986 at the now-closed Hawthorn Leslie yard in Hebburn, is expected to be back in the region on Monday.

She was built by Tyneside apprentices and is run by the charity, Ocean Youth Trust North East, offering youngsters the chance of being part of the crew. Around a dozen youngsters from the North East are expected to arrive in Whitby today and will leave for Tyneside tomorrow.

Staff skipper Steve Lennon said: "The ship was built in the North East so it's always nice to be back. We have a permanent berth at the Royal Quays in North Shields and most of our voyages start from Tyneside.

"We are all excited about being back in the region. Thousands will be coming to see the ships and all sorts of things will be going on. The atmosphere will be fantastic."

Also moored on the Tyne will be the Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world and the Norwegian vessel Christian Radich named after her lumber-dealing benefactor who died in 1889. …

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